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(Facets of Passion #2)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  142 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Althea Grant's Charleston gallery might be suffering from the bad economy, and her artistic aspirations have gone nowhere, but she's doing just fine, thank you. When bad-boy sculptor Steel rides up on his motorcycle looking to rent studio space, his infusion of cash is more than welcome. But his art is raw, visceral, sexual—and completely inappropriate for her pastel world ...more
ebook, 117 pages
Published February 25th 2013 by Carina Press
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Blacky *Romance Addict*
This had potential.



I am very sorry to say that I didn't like this book. It wasn't THAT bad, but it certainly wasn't good either.

The Story

What? Where was it?

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I didn't see it!
There was an introudction to the characters, and then sex, kinky and lots of it. You'd think that was a recipe for great? Not so much.
So, let me tell you something about the "story" here.

Althea Grant owns an art gallery and is having money problems.
Steel (yes, only Steel, like Madonna) enters, offers her 10000 dollars
Georgia ♥
*ARC courtesy of Carina Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

3 Stars

I think that this story had a lot of potential but somehow, fell short. Not long enough to deliver what it promises you and - I can't believe I'm even saying it - too much sex for the story to make sense.


Yes, you heard me right... Too much SEX!!


Well, let's try make, some sense...

Art grabs you like lust—inexplicable and irresistible. You could deny it, but then the unfulfilled desire just ate you up.

This book
Duchess Nicole
This book had a promising start...Althea the timid, conservative art gallery owner meets Steel, the tattooed biker artist who wants to display his art in Althea's gallery. The problem is that Steel's art is blatantly sexual in content. Even if it is "brilliant," as Althea tells him, it simply has no place in her gallery.

Since that scenario doesn't work out for Steel, he decides that he needs her basement to live in and work on his art. Ummmm...okay. I guess there has to be a way for these two
Amber Rose
I was really excited to start this book. I felt it had great promise...
But then....

You know when you read the description sounds good but then you read it and it's like ummm okay? Yeah that is me right about now.

This book is not all that long. Quite short to be honest. But I found my self stop reading a lot. I wanted to do other things then read this story. It didn't hold my interest that well.

Steel comes rolling up in his motorcycle wanting to rent space to work on his art. His art is raw
Jenn Scranton
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Wow! Hot Hot Hot!! If your looking for a book to put some steam under your collar, then you have found it!!!! I'm surprised the book didn't spontaneously combust!


I love all of the tension between Steel and Althea. They are so different and yet so similar! She lets her guard down around him and her whole world gets flipped upside down.

From demure to down and dirty....

In the basement she is his love slave. She has to do whatever he tells her. She wants it all and more... But she is
3 stars

*ARC provided by Carina Press through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I would compare my opinion of this book to my opinion to another erotic novella that I read recently, Willing Victim.

This story had the trappings of a great story. I really thought Steel was going to become my new book boyfriend, and he probably would have, if Kennedy had let me get to know him just a little bit better. Whilst the sex scenes in this book were through the roof hot, the whole story itself came
Amy (BW)
Jan 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I really want to give this more than just three stars, but I just can't bring myself to do it.

What Jeffe Kennedy has created was definitely HOT, but unfortunately, that's all it was.

Althea is a shy, albino Art Gallery owner with Platinum blonde hair. Steel is a rough around the edges guy who shows up at her studio one day asking to show his work. She is conservative to a fault and though she is immediately attracted to him, she knows right away that after just one look at his portfolio, she
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Disclaimer: This ARC was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.

Rating: 2.5 stars

While, this book wasn't terrible, I am bored with the erotica genre at the moment.

I think the worst part of this book that it was so cliched.
djdavis~*Sivad*Sex Pocket
Heat- Fizzle
Rating- ** 2.5 out of 5
Provided by- NetGalley
Read more of this review and others @ The Book Wranglers

I mean,
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I’m just so tired of the same‘ol story over and over and over again. I was really hoping that Platinum would be different. I mean you’ve got a bad boy artist and an albino art dealer struggling to fulfill her dreams in the art world. That right there was enough to capture my attention initially.

The story (if you can even call it a full story)
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2.5 Stars

Here’s the thing with Platinum, it’s a good concept, really it is, but it’s a relatively short book so the story felt rushed and not enough was explained.

Althea's life is a cookie cutout of what she believes is the right way to live. Basically the chick is boring with zero excitement in her life; that is until she meets Steel. Bring on the sexy. Steel is fascinated by Althea and her rules of perfection. He is determined to break through all of her barriers. And break through HE DOES.
Jan 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebook-arc, adult
I honestly do not know where to start with this review, to say I disliked Platinum would be an understatement. In fact, I am struggling to think of anything positive to say about it at all which is very rare for me.

Firstly, I am not really sure what the point of this book is, it is about sex and not much else. There was no real storyline, no emotional connections, and no character development. The sex itself is labelled BDSM but in my opinion a BDSM relationship is based around respect and
Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
Feb 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: erotica
NetGalley provided me with a copy of this book for my honest review

Althea owns a failing art gallery, she is has a boring life, with a boring boyfriend. Steel comes to the gallery and once he sees Althea he wants her, to pose for him and in his bed. He rents space in the basement to work on his sculptures, they get close and Althea starts to see a new side to herself. Althea was stuck up, indecisive, rude and in denial a lot of the time. Steel was surprisingly bland, he was supposed to be this
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Honestly, this book was a pleasant read in the BDSM light genre (it is practically it's own genre now!). I expected garbage and this actually exceeded my expectations. Don't get me wrong, this book is all about the sex. The plot is VERY thin. It is smut all the way. If you are looking for plot, look elsewhere.

What little there is of a plot is as follows: Albino art gallery owner, Althea, rents her basement out to a sexy, motorcycle riding sculptor named Steel (give me a break!) because she is
Kenya Wright

I'm insanly busy this week so I wish I could do this book justice! This review derserves hot sexy gifs of people doing hot and sexy things.

Instead I will say, GET THIS BOOK NOW if you like Art, Whips, and a Muscular guy hung to his knees!

I can't wait for the next book by Jeffe Kennedy
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 18+ Only
Platinum stars Althea Grant as the female leading character. She's a prim and proper lady with a gallery of pastel watercolor paintings that are not helping her pay the bills. She has convinced herself that she is happy and content with where her life is at this moment. She has a nice, sensible boyfriend, her art gallery is in the upper echelon of society, and as such there are standards that she has imposed on herself ~ most certainly due to her high class upbrining. When an artist know for his ...more
Ashley F
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Amy R
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, erotic-romance
Althea's gallery is in financial trouble. Even as an adult she feels the need to live up to her parent's expectations. They don't necessarily really agree with the choices she has made with her art gallery, especially since they had loaned her money. They do approve of her current boyfriend, though, who is as polished and fancy as them. Althea isn't happy with her personal life or her career, but she just continues to plow through the "safe" world in which she lives. No big splashes for Althea. ...more
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
- Erotica Book Club Review of -
ARC from NetGalley and Carina Press –
Exp release date February 25, 2013
I have some really mixed feelings about this book and I decided that it just needed a wee bit of patience as it has some things I really loved and some weak points.
Althea is an art gallery owner and repressed artist that has been trying to live her life under what her social climbing family and her overly busy boyfriend expects for her to be - and when she can’t meet those expectations – she is
Yummy, yummy, yummy!

Originally posted on Jan 31 2013 at Butterfly-o-Meter Books

It's no secret by now that I have a personal love story with Jeffe Kennedy's writing. I expect her stories to be stellar yummy material, and they always deliver. This is another one of those deliciously intense power-play stories, BDSM flavored you might call it. It's not heavy on the BDSM theme (in my opinion), and there's that smoldering romance bubbling that I always fall for. But let's take it one step at a time.

Apr 23, 2013 rated it liked it
“He’d handed her his heart the way he’d offered her the paint brush—to do with as she wished.”

This book is sizzling HOT. There’s not a whole lot of story but there is lots of passionate, kinky, dirty, sex. Platinum was a good read, not great, not anything special, but it was real and dirty and so so fun to read.

Althea Grant's Charleston gallery might be suffering from the bad economy, and her artistic aspirations have gone nowhere, but she's doing just fine, thank you. When bad-boy sculptor

To be completely honest, I don't even know how to rate Platinum by Jeffe Kennedy and it's my second erotica title in a row that I face the very same problem. And that is none other, than the whole story being focused on the sex and nothing else apart from that. Should I rate Platinum based on how hot a book it is or how well described the sex scenes are, my rating would probably be a 4. But a good book, erotica or no, isn't the one that is hot. That's still an important factor, especially if the
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Platinum by Jeffe Kennedy
(Facets of Passion #2)
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Source: Netgalley

**This title is classified as erotica and for 18+ readers only**

Althea Grant is a prim and proper southern lady. She wears prim and proper clothing, her hair in a flawless chignon, she has a proper southern boyfriend her parents can be proud of and, she owns an art gallery that sells nothing which could possibly be deemed anything other than proper. Until the day Steel walks into her gallery, Althea Grant is
Crazy for Books (Stephanie)
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Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it

After Althea's artistic aspirations having gone down the drain she turned to something that would be connected with her greatest passion, she opened the Althea Grant's Charleston Gallery. Even though the business is not going well she tries to look optimistic.
When bad-boy sculptor Steel walks in her life and rents her basement, everything starts to change for Althea.
His raw art is a fresh breeze into her soft, pastel world, and he is more than welcome to show her that life can be painted in
Jessy (Jessy's Book Club)
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So Althea works in a gallery that’s facing hard times. Steel (yes, that’s his name) walks into her gallery, initially looking to show his art but eventually offers Althea $10000 to use her basement to work on his art.

These two couldn’t be more worlds apart. Althea is a trust fund, charity balls kind of girl and Steel is…just Steel.

“Let’s just say that the men you date are white-wine spritzers, and Steel? He’s pure moonshine. Bad for you,
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this quick, hot read. It was a journey of finding and accepting one’s self and true personality.

The characters seemed more like real people rather than our fantasy/dream/billionaire characters we've grown to love & fantasize about. Okay - yea so Steel is totally my hot biker fantasy but not my billionaire CEO fantasy type. LoL

You have Althea - owner of her own art gallery that's doing quite poorly, family who obviously has money but raised her to be a "proper young lady" who
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
From the moment Althea Grant set her eyes on Steel, she knew he was going to be more than she bargained for. He'd appeared unexpectedly upon her art gallery's doorstep, intent on making her see the light when it came to his work. To his surprise, her cool demeanor and quick rebuttal was something he never expected. The fact that she couldn't quite shake the man's defenses in hopes of turning him away was also an eye opener for her.

Steel's determination to show her exactly what he's made of has
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Some
Shelves: up-for-review
Yet another book I loved! I'm really loving Jeffe Kennedy's stuff.

Honestly, there's not much I can say that the description doesn't, other than step three of Steel's plan isn't only getting Althea to model for him. This is another in a series of books by Kennedy where the safe word is also the book's title. This time, Platinum, as Althea is albino and her hair is like silver.

Althea tried to be an artist, doing those small watercolors, but was told continuously by all her teachers and even her
Shirley Frances
2.5 stars

Althea is a gallery owner who always wanted to be an artist but never measured up. One day Steel, a handsome, dark stranger, enters her gallery and asks to rent her basement to work on his sculptures. Little does she know that Steel is about to change her life by revealing another side of her.

I thought the concept behind the book was interesting with a unique take on your usual opposites attract story. However, I feel that the concept failed in its execution, focusing mainly on their
Ginny Lurcock
(can I just say, I really like this cover)

Gut instinct, this is near the top of the list of books Ive read recently. Not just contemporary romance, but all the books Ive read recently. And I read a lot.

But its been awhile since I read it (one week but in my life thats a long time) so I go to goodreads to check out what other people are saying. I dont know why I do that. It only irritates me.

Apparently other reviewers have had issues with how quickly the main characters jump into a non-vanilla
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Other books in the series

Facets of Passion (3 books)
  • Sapphire (Facets of Passion #1)
  • Ruby (Facets of Passion, #3)